Courtney Ray

In Defense of the GC Session

I have heard from a number of people, including pastors, that they feel General Conference is a waste of resources. "It's thousands of dollars spent on OURSELVES. Couldn't that money have been better spent doing REAL ministry instead of being internally focused?" To me, these complaints sound familiar. In John 12, Judas complained of the wastefulness of resources devoted to anointing Christ's feet. He couldn't see the value (or so he said). Obviously I'm not saying that those who criticize the use of funds for GC are modern day Judases.

Let's Not Be Blind

I would never go so far as to call all opponents to women in ministry bigoted. However, there is a sizable vocal segment that do share a dangerous philosophy with those who champion prejudiced ideas.

If Not Us Then Who?

Slacktivism (sometimes slactivism or slackervism) is a portmanteau of the words slacker and activism. The word is usually considered a pejorative term that describes "feel-good" measures, in support of an issue or social cause, that have little physical or practical effect, other than to make the person doing it feel satisfied that they have contributed.

Conversations

Whenever there is discussion about ending racially segregated conferences, there will inevitably be individuals wondering if that will mean having state conferences absorb the regional conferences. During one such conversation someone stated that, in his recent sermon on the topic, Dwight Nelson should have suggested state conferences being absorbed by regional conferences as a possible solution instead. I noted that there were already many prominent black ministers who have proposed that course before.

Photo Essay: Adventist Congregations Participate in 'Millions March' Los Angeles

On Saturday, December 27, demonstrators took to the streets in Downtown Los Angeles, California, as part of the "Millions March for First Amendment Rights" event. Members of several Southern California Adventist congregations joined the marchers. Courtney Ray, a pastor at the Breath of Life Adventist Church in Los Angeles, shared the following photo essay.

Gnosticism in the Church

"It's all gonna burn anyway." This is the fatalistic refrain I often hear from Christians when they want to justify why we shouldn't be concerned about the environmental issues of the earth.

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